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Chromium-based Microsoft Edge for Windows 7 and 8.1 now available for download

Microsoft Edge on Windows 7 (Source: Microsoft Edge Blog)
Microsoft Edge on Windows 7 (Source: Microsoft Edge Blog)
Although these are only the first preview builds to reach the public, those interested in trying Edge on Windows 7 and 8/8.1 can finally do so. Microsoft Edge now uses a Chromium core, the same that can be found inside Google Chrome, Vivaldi, Brave, and Opera. The downloads are available on the official Microsoft Edge Insider website.

Back in 2015, Microsoft released the Edge browser as a Windows 10-exclusive piece of code. Android and iOS versions arrived two years later, followed by a macOS variant that was released earlier this year. In 2019, another key event took place: Chromium became the foundation of the Windows 10 version, and now Microsoft is bringing Edge to older Windows versions as well.

According to the Microsoft Edge Team, the arrival of the Chromium-based browser on Windows 7 and 8/8.1 "rounds out the initial set of platforms that we began to roll out back in April, so developers and users alike can try out the next version of Microsoft Edge on every major desktop platform."

To get Microsoft Edge up and running on a Windows 7/8/8.1 device, the user simply needs to visit the Microsoft Edge Insider website from the device and install the preview version. The Microsoft Edge Dev channel is not available for previous Windows versions yet, but this is set to change soon.

For now, there are also a few known problems that come with these early builds, such as the lack of AAD sign-in and dark mode support. Have you tried Microsoft Edge on your Windows 7/8/8.1 devices — if any — already? Feel free to share your thoughts with us in the comments section if the answer to this question is affirmative.

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Codrut Nistor, 2019-06-20 (Update: 2019-06-20)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.